The procedures for obtaining a permit for the removal and transportation of protected native plants include:
Contact any Department office to obtain an application form.
The landowner must complete the application form and all information must be included. If the application form is not complete, a permit will not be issued.
The completed application may be presented in person or by mail to the nearest Department office for verification of the information. However, you will need to be present to obtain the permit, tags and seals. Upon request of the applicant, Department personnel will conduct a plant survey to determine the kind and number of plants on the designated property. There will be a fee for the survey, and it may be required that the landowner determine the boundaries and clearly mark the corners of the property.
Upon verification of all information given, the permit will be issued.
Prior to removal, the law requires that a native plant tag and seal be firmly affixed to each protected native plant before it is removed from its original growing site. The tags are to remain on the plants until they are permanently placed in a new growing site. After planting, the tag and seal should be removed from the plant and kept in a safe place as proof that the plant was legally obtained.
Native plant permits are $7.00 each, and seals are $0.15 each. Tag fees are listed in the following table: